If you plan to carve a pumpkin with your kids this month, here’s a great Christian pumpkin carving story that will turn this activity into a memorable learning opportunity.

It’s hard to stop with the busyness of life and take time to do an activity like this with your kids, but it’s so important.

We are the teachers and the leaders of our children, so who better to learn just how much God loves us than from us!

Being a Christian isn’t always easy, but God’s love covers our sins and makes us shiny and new all over again. It’s an important lesson we need to hear everyday.

Start Your Christian Pumpkin Carving Story like this…

Being a Christian is kind of like being a pumpkin.

Here’s what God does when we invite Him into our hearts…

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Step 1: Wash Your Pumpkin

Say – “We’re not a pumpkin, but we’re kind of like one. God picks us from the patch, brings us in and washes us clean. Just like a pumpkin, we have an inside and an outside. People only see the outside, but God sees the inside as well.”


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Bible Verse – 1 Samuel 16:7 – “The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

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Step 2: Carve An Opening In The Top

Make sure the opening of the pumpkin is large enough to fit your hand in to. Continue with the Christian pumpkin carving story by saying…

Say – “God wants to change our inside, but the only way he can do it is if we become open to Him.”

Bible Verse – Revelation 3:20 – Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

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Step 3: Put Your Hand In And Pull Out The Insides

Say – “God scoops out all the yucky stuff, the sin, in our lives. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, impurity and greed. Jesus was willing to get messy for us…He died on the cross to cleanse us from all our sins.”

Bible Verse – Ezekiel 36: 25b – 27 – I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

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Step 4: Carve The Eyes And Smiling Face

Say – “Jesus gives you a new smiling face. When all the yucky stuff (sin) is gone, you feel so happy!”

Bible Verse – Proverbs 23:26 – My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways.

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Step 5: Add A Votive Candle To The Inside Of The Pumpkin

Say – “If we leave the pumpkin empty, it will just be hollow. We need God’s light inside of us to make us alive! When Jesus lives inside of you, you can glow! You will want to tell people about him, be kind to others and bless others more than yourself.”

Bible Verse – John 8:12 – “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

May we make the most of every opportunity to teach our kids about God, scripture and what He means to us…

18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the LORD swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.

~ Deuteronomy 11:18-21


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Christian Pumpkin Carving Story More Ideas:

  • Follow up this Christian pumpkin carving story and activity with a prayer about how you can be God’s shining light into the dark world.
  • Make a pact that when you see the carved pumpkin during the day that you will pray for someone.
  • Talk about some ways that you can be “God’s shining light” during the month of October.
  • Give A Smile: Carve and decorate a pumpkin to give away to a neighbor, family member or friend!

Grab some carving templates for your other pumpkins right here!

If you have more pumpkins, use these Disney carving templates!

You can even paint your pumpkin into pretty designs!


Your Turn: Have you done this Christian pumpkin carving story before? What has been the response from your children? Let us know below!

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